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Saxon and Viking reenactment

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A Saxon warrior

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Varangians

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An interesting reenactment of Varangian warriors. Note their full-body mail cuirass. Creator and reenactment group unknown – felicitations on their work.

The term ‘Varangians’ was actually a generic term for the Byzantines, describing

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Mysterious Viking boat graves unearthed in central Norway

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Republication from Norwegian scitech news

The oldest grave is from the 8th century. But why were these two people buried together? (Illustration: Arkikon)

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Two people died roughly 100 years apart. Nevertheless, they were buried together. In boats.

In the second half of the 9th century, an important woman dies at the farm now known as Skeiet at Vinjeøra, in central Norway. Her dress is fastened at the front with two large shell-shaped brooches of gilded bronze along with a crucifix-shaped brooch, made from an Irish harness fitting. She is then placed in a boat, about seven or eight metres long. Grave goods are also buried along with body, including a pearl necklace, two scissors, a spindle whorl– and a cow head.

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Χάραλντ Χαρντράντα: Ο μισθοφόρος του Βυζαντίου που έγινε βασιλιάς της Νορβηγίας

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Αναδημοισίευση από το ιστολόγιο cognoscoteam.gr/

Γράφει ο Ηλίας Αναγνωστάκης

Ο πιο διασημος Σκανδιναυος ολων των εποχων, ειναι φυσικα ο Harald Handraada (1015-1066), του οποιου η ζωη λιγο απεχει απο το χαρακτηριστει ενα επος. Γεννημενος στα τελη του 1015 στο Ringerike της Νορβηγιας, ο νεαρος Harald εδειξε απο νωρις τις εκπληκτικες ηγετικες και στρατιωτικες του δυνατοτητες. Με υψος 5 «ells» ( περ 2.05μ) και «δυναμη αρκουδας» ( Heimisgrilla Saga 54-D) ο νεαροτατος (μολις 15 ετων) Harald συμμετειχε με 600 ανδρες απο τα Upplands στο πλευρο του αδερφου του Ολαφ του «Αγιου» στη φοβερη μαχη του Stiklesand, εναντιον των Δανων το 1030. Ο Ολαφ σκοτωθηκε, οι Νορβηγοι ηττηθηκαν, αλλα ο Harald κατορθωσε να διαφυγει παροτι βαρια τραυματισμενος.

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Viking migration left a lasting legacy on Ireland’s population

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The early medieval period in Ireland (400-1200AD) was a time of key importance. It was a turning point in European history and the origin of much contemporary Irish culture and identity. Ireland, the early medieval “land of saints and scholars”, had much cultural and economic growth during the 5th and 6th centuries. Elsewhere in Europe there were unstable populations in the wake of the fall of Rome.

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